Care & Prayer

We care for you and your family!

We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you might need by companioning you through a tough time.  God cares about you!  We care about you!

For more information contact the church office at (513) 871-1345.

 

Prayer Request

If you have a prayer request, please send it to prayerministry@hpcumc.org. It will be forwarded to the Intercessory Prayer Group and Electronic Prayer Chain so people of faith can lift up your prayer concerns.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis.  Gifted, trained and supervised lay people support and extend the care that pastors provide.

We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you might need by companioning you through a tough time.  God cares about you!  We care about you!

To learn more about this ministry, please contact Bonnie Stowell, Carolyn Keil  or Pastor Dave Weaver.

Spiritual Direction

Why Spiritual Direction Anyway?

All of creation is filled with God’s presence and light. One’s journey through life is a sacred journey of becoming more awake and alive to this Holy mystery. A spiritual director supports a person (directee) on his/her journey by listening to the directee’s life story and by asking questions that help  the directee explore where God is showing up and what invitations God may be offering. Any life experience is appropriate to bring to a spiritual direction session. Since God is present in our everyday lives, reflection on everyday experiences help us recognize God’s presence. During a direction session, the spiritual director provides a safe and welcoming space for the directee to explore these experiences and their effect on the directee’s relationship with the Divine. Because God is the true spiritual director and transformer of lives, the director encourages the directee to take all experiences, questions, concerns, desires, directly to God.

Our Spiritual Directors

Christine McHenry is a retired academic pediatrician who specialized in general pediatrics and medical ethics.  She has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and is a graduate of the 2-year Academy for Spiritual Formation.  Christine completed her training in contemplative spiritual direction and spiritual direction supervision through the Sycamore Spirituality Center in New Albany, Indiana.  She is a trained labyrinth facilitator and is pursuing enneagram training through the Helen Palmer Narrative Enneagram program.  Christine is on the Board of The Fellowship of United Methodist Spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders and a member of Spiritual Directors International.

Roger is a Spiritual Director practicing at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford. Roger received his graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction from Mt. St. Joseph University, his psychology undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and an MBA from Xavier University. In addition to Spiritual Direction, Roger advises families in business when they are planning to transition from one generation to the next.  Roger also coaches business executives, and facilitates executive peer advisory groups.

We Offer:

If you have a prayer request, please send it to prayerministry@hpcumc.org. It will be forwarded to the Intercessory Prayer Group and Electronic Prayer Chain so people of faith can lift up your prayer concerns.

A prayer shawl is a symbol of God’s unconditional embracing love and a physical demonstration of community presence and support. As a prayer shawl is being made, the maker prays for the recipient. Once completed, the Prayer Shawl Ministry Team blesses the shawl. Thus each prayer shawl is bathed in prayer and blessing. Prayer shawls are given for life challenges, life celebrations, and service to God’s Kingdom. The Prayer Shawl Ministry Team meets the second and fourth Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, in room 205. For more information, contact Christine McHenry.

A prayer labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that has been walked by millions of people of all cultures and traditions. A labyrinth is not a maze which is designed to confuse you, but a sacred path designed for you to find your way. This path becomes a metaphor for your individual journey through life. People walk a labyrinth for a variety of reasons including to pray, reflect, meditate, problem-solve; to grieve a loss; to ask for forgiveness; to seek wisdom. There is no right way or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. It is important to walk with an open mind and heart, to have no expectations of what you might experience, and to experience the experience! Our permanent prayer labyrinth is located outside the chapel at the corner of Observatory and Meier. If you would like more information, contact Christine McHenry.

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